Korn Ferry Institute Fit matters

Korn Ferry Institute Fit matters

Not all leadership roles are created equal. Some lead in organizations with fast change, volatile objectives, and unclear paths forward; others lead companies with well-known, stable goals achieved through established and known processes. Some lead in strategic ways; others are more tactical. Some leaders take on roles in which they must have and apply deep expertise, while others are far more focused on broad and fast learning. To better understand outcomes of assessment and placement of these different kinds of leaders and their differentiated roles, the Korn Ferry Institute recently studied one of the firm’s key placement tools, the Four Dimensional Executive Assessment (KF4DExec).

We found it flexible, adaptive, and valid in assessing various leadership roles and the ways they systematically differ. Further, our research showed that leaders who were a close fit with traits and drivers in Korn Ferry’s customized and unique target profiles were up to 13 times more likely to be highly engaged in their jobs, making them more likely to be highly satisfied, emotionally invested, and willing to expend considerable discretionary effort in their posts.